Should I become a licensed or certified child care provider? There are many benefits to obtaining a family child care license or family child care certification. Financial Benefits Child care consumers often look for a caregiver who is regulated. Choosing regulated child care gives parents confidence and peace of mind, knowing a regulatory agency has done background checks and monitors the home for health/safety standards. Regulated providers benefit from 4C Milwaukee Child Care Resource and Referral services and can be listed on the DCF Child Care Search website. Obtaining a license or certification enables providers to enroll families participating in Wisconsin Shares and who receive child care assistance. Regulated providers may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and receive partial reimbursement for the cost of serving healthy meals and snacks. Regulated child care providers may be able to obtain liability insurance to protect their business and benefit from many tax deductions. Regulated child care providers who also participate in YoungStar may be eligible to receive micro-grants to support their quality improvement plans. Personal & Professional Benefits Regulated child care providers demonstrate a commitment to the child care profession and provide a valuable service to families and their community. Regulated child care providers can participate in the YoungStar program and receive support, tools and training to help providers deliver high quality care. Type of Family Child Care Maximum/Allowable Number of Children Under Age 7 (who are not related to the provider) Maximum Group Size Unregulated (legal) 3 - Certified 3 6 Licensed 8 (May be fewer depending on ages of children.) 8 What Are the Benefits of Being Regulated? You are able to care for Wisconsin Shares subsidized children You may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program You may get parent referrals from the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (4C) You can participate in Youngstar, Wisconsin’s Quality Rating Improvement System, used to improve and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. Youngstar rates family child care homes from 1 star (the lowest) to 5 stars (the highest). State Law Requires That Child Care Providers Must be Regulated If: You are caring for more than three (3) non-related children under 7 years of age You plan on receiving Wisconsin Shares Wisconsin Child Care Regulation Information For additional information on licensing and certification, please visit our Child Care Regulation page.